This Week in Foul Balls (May 7-27): Interference, Player Phones it In, and REAL ‘Hero Parents’ Save Son from Foul Ball

The 2018 MLB baseball season rolls on, and with it the foul ball fun keeps on going and going. Welcome back to this week’s version of “TWIFB Notes” (‘This Week in Foul Balls’). In this weekly post, I look at the best and worst foul ball moments in Major League Baseball…and sometimes Minor League Baseball…and sometimes softball and high school baseball.

First, my running total of foul ball hits in the facial area, or what I call “Foul Ball Facials”, as they are reported ONLY on Twitter. This is the count so far:

#MLB #FoulBallFacials via Twitter 2018 RUNNING TOTALS through 5/27:

102 total

  • 12 Flat out hit (11.8%)
  • 30 Phone/not watching (29.4%)
  • 4 PARENTAL NEGLECT! (1 gave son bloody nose!)
  • 8 Ricochet/Other
  • 48 going for ball (47.1%)
  • 1 BRAWL!! (Anaheim)
  • 21 net fails

Compare to last season stats:

TOTAL: 136

  • 61 Using phone
  • 17 due to PARENTAL NEGLIGENCE!
  • 8 DRUNK
  • 32 going for ball
  • 18 just hit (most parental endangerment)

93.6% Self-inflicted injuries

 

THE GREAT AND VERY GOOD

Kids ALWAYS get in this section…even if they aren’t making the most spectacular snag. This one though is a solid catch. Check out the young Pittsburgh Pirates fan as he makes a great catch on foul ball:


HA! This is a new one for me. After six seasons of being around and doing this weekly piece, I’ve seen players take nachos, drinks of pop, and other food and drink, but NEVER a phone. But that’s what Texas Rangers rookie Ronald Guzman did. You have to ask yourself: Why’d the fan have his phone out anyway, and why was it unattended?

Now THIS. THIS is what I’ve been going on about for years now. THIS is what you’re supposed to do when you have a kid with you at a Major League Baseball game—or any game for that matter! Those like Andy Zlotnick don’t seem to think parents need to take such precautions because it’s MLB’s fault if a kid is nailed, but THIS is what good parenting is. Here’s what these two HERO PARENTS did right, things I’ve said parents SHOULD ALWAYS do: They,

  1. Sat in OF
  2. Sat on either side of kid, so ball wouldn’t be DIRECTLY at kid & so EITHER could cover him if ball came
  3. One SMOTHERED kid so they were in NO DANGER.
  4. Other parent snagged ball so it wouldn’t hit other parent.

I LOVE these parents! I wish everyone did this. “Watch a Pirates fan and a Cincinnati Reds fan team up to get their son a foul ball.

We’ve seen fans with nets, but a security guard? Watch this Chicago White Sox security guard use a net to catch a foul ball.

THE HORRIBLE AND NOT-SO-GOOD

Can you blame him? Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha was extremely unhappy with a Boston Red Sox fan who tried to knock the ball from his glove. Have some class Boston.

Ok. So NOT a foul ball, but this did happen in foul territory, so it’s going in here. Can you blame her for being pissed? Watch as this Houston Astros fan lets her husband have it after he interferes with a fair ball.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

This is sooo cool! Check out the camera angle on Tucker Barnhart as he attempts a foul ball catch. It’ll make you feel like you were there.

Generally speaking, I find a lot more ball person highlights. This season is rather devoid of them. Regardless, check out this New York Mets ball boy laying out to make an incredible catch on foul ball.

Been done many times, but still worthy of at least an honorable mention: Check out the fan who bare-hands a foul ball while holding nachos.